Updated January 21, 2021

01/15/21 – COVID BUSINESS CONFERENCE CALL – Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases
  • Under Section 12 of theSan Diego County Public Health Order, if an employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID19: Promptly notify the County Department of Public Health that there is an employee that is laboratory-confirmed diagnosed with COVID-19, together with the name, date of birth, and contact information of the employee. It is recommended for employers to report all suspected COVID-19 cases to prevent outbreak elsewhere. To notify the County of a person (employee or student) with COVID-19 at your site, complete the online COVID-19 Notification Form. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards
  • Per the state’sEmergency Temporary Standards (ETS), employers are required to contact Cal/OSHA if an employee contracted COVID-19 at work. Employers should contact Cal/OSHA directly with questions about ETS. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
  • According to CDC guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Symptoms VS. Vaccine Side Effects
  • Waiting for CDC guidance. COVID-19 vaccine side effects should go away in 3 days.[Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine & Essential Workforce
  • The County of San Diego is following federal and state guidelines for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine that will be done in phases. Currently only Phase 1A, healthcare personal and long-term care staff and residents, is eligible to receive vaccine now. See the state webpage for information about essential workforce. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Youth Sports Guidance Under Regional Stay Home Order
  • Under the Regional Stay at Home Order, permitted youth and recreational adult sports – physical conditioning, practice, skill-building, and training that can be conducted outdoors, with 6 feet of physical distancing, and within stable cohorts are authorized regardless of county tier status.  Athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team. All “gatherings” with members of other households are prohibited unless expressly permitted in the Regional Stay At Home Order issued by the California Public Health Officer.

[Posted 1/13/21]

  • COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave in 2021
  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, extended employer tax credits for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021. However, the CAA did not extend employees’ entitlement to FFCRA leave beyond Dec. 31, 2020, meaning employers will no longer be legally required to provide such leave. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Restaurant Dining
  • Under the Regional StayHome order, indoor and outdoor dining is not permissible. When the SoCal Region projection returns to 15% or better ICU bed capacity as a region, the State will release those counties within that region from the Regional Stay-at-Home order. When that happens for SD County, we’ll revert to Tier 1/Purple where outdoor dining is permissible.[Posted 1/13/21]
  • Reporting COVID-19 Positive Employee to County Department of Public Health
  • Per section 12 of the County Public Health Order, employers must promptly notify the County of San Diego Department of Public Health about an employee that is laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by completing this online form. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • CDC Quarantine Guidance
  • Per CDC, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months – need to quarantine.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.[Posted 1/13/21]
  • County ICU Projection
  • Data on ICU forecastscan be found on the state webpage.
  • Go to https://calcat.covid19.ca.gov
  • Select Forecasts.
  • Select County tab at top of page.
  • Go to California County ICU Forecasts section and in drop down box select San Diego. [Posted 1/13/21]
  • Regional ICU Capacity Calculation
  • The State posts ICU capacity by region daily as well as maintaining a publicly available dashboard on hospital and ICU capacity by county. Hospitals are required to submit information on the total number of available staffed ICU beds daily. This includes both existing staffed ICU beds and staffed ICU surge beds. To calculate regional ICU capacity the total number of adult ICU beds is calculated by removing neonatal ICU beds (NICU) and pediatric intensive care unit beds (PICU) as well as standardizing current adult ICU capacity. Consistent with the goal of the Regional Stay Home Order, this calculation ensures that sufficient ICU bed capacity is available for COVID and non-COVID related conditions.  [Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended but not mandatory.Per CDC, the vaccine is safe, will help keep you from getting COVID-19, and offers several benefits.  [Posted 1/13/21]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Phase Guidance
  • Updates on who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be posted on the https://coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine Additionally, sector specific information will be disseminated through the County of San Diego’s Community Sector groups. We recommend that you visit your sector’s page for tailored information and sign up to receive email updates. [Posted 1/13/21]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

From San Diego Supervisor, Joel Anderson:

I am proud that my Board colleagues voted to support my common-sense COVID-19 enforcement proposal. Prior to any COVID enforcement, the County must:

✅ Produce scientific data proving the activity poses a health risk
✅ Release enforcement criteria to public
✅ Apply enforcement consistently and fairly

See my full press release below ⬇

Email Received 1-11-2021

After the dark events of last week, it’s nice to report some remarkable light for our travel industry. Of the many positive metrics in American travel sentiment this week, here is a summary of all those that hit pandemic-period record-highs:

• Americans’ openness to travel inspiration (measuring 6.0 on a scale of 0-10)
• Those in a travel readiness state-of-mind (58.6%)
• Excitement levels about travel in 2021 (6.1 on a scale of 0-10)
• The percent of American travelers who believe the COVID-19 vaccines are safe (67.8%)
• The percent of American travelers that will be getting vaccinated against COVID-19 (61.4%)
• The proportion of American travelers who are more optimistic about being able to safely travel in the next six months due to vaccine availability (56.4%)
• The percent of American travelers saying they have begun planning and booking trips specifically in anticipation of vaccines being available (33.7%)
• The percent of American travelers who say discounts and price cuts can motivate them to take a trip they had not previously considered (43.0%)
• The percent of American travelers that said they would be happy if they saw an advertisement promoting their community as a place for tourists to come visit when it is safe (40.3%)


Email Received 1-6-2021

We are sending you this email to give you some important updates about California’s Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant program.

Most importantly, please note that the deadline for Round 1 applications has been extended to January 13th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Apply now at CAReliefGrant.com.

Additionally, in order to handle the continued high volumes, we have made adjustments to the update and upload process. If applicants experienced disruptions in the application process, they will be notified when they can log back in for updates and uploads.

For applicants in process, the opportunity to finish your application and upload documents will begin today, January 6th, 2021. Please note that you will be notified by email when to log in to complete your unfinished application or upload requested documents.

You will receive an email with a new password, your username will stay the same to log into the Portal. This new password will work going forward and will replace any passwords used up until this point.

This will be a slow release to prevent high volume traffic, so please check your email throughout the day. If you have already started an application in the system please do not fill out a new application as this can delay consideration; however, you should complete your application and upload documents prior to January 13th, 11:59 p.m.

New applicants are welcome to apply any time prior to January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

New dates and deadlines:

  • Start a new application –December 30th, 2020 –closes January 13th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Update and upload documents for in-process applications –January 6th, 2021 –January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • The new closing date for Round 1 is January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

As a reminder, this is not a first-come, first-serve application process or rolling approval process -all eligible applicants will be considered for the grant at the close of Round 1 on January 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm and not before.

Visit CAReliefGrant.com for updates.

Thank you for your patience.

As part of an end-of-year pandemic relief package, Congress has passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and created a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan. Other changes impact eligibility for initial PPP loans, the loan forgiveness process, and the tax treatment of PPP loans.

Congress has also made changes to other programs – including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL Program), the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a Venue Grant program, and SBA loan programs –that will benefit small businesses.

Visit the Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans web page from the U.S. Chamber to read more about these important updates and your eligibility for additional loans.

The U.S. Chamber’s web page will answer these questions:

  • How Do These Changes Impact My Existing PPP Loan?
  • I Exhausted My Initial PPP Loan, How Does This Help Me?
  • What If I Never Received a PPP Loan?
  • Which hinges to Other Programs That May Help My Small Business Have Been Changed?


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The State of California announced a $500 million grant fund to support small businesses. Businesses can now get their applications prepared for when the first round opens on December 30. Lendistry was selected as the administrator of the grant.

To help you know what to do to prepare to apply between December 30 and January 8, we will have daily webinars at 11 am. You can register here: bit.ly/38tKcPp

We will be discussing:

  • The Grant Program
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • What the funding can be used for
  • The Application
  • Required Documents
  • Who to Contact for Assistance

Webinars Occur at 11 AM Daily:

  • Dec 23, 24, 27, Jan 1 – English
  • Dec 26 – English/Spanish
  • Dec 28 – English/Armenian
  • Dec 29 – English/Mandarin
  • Dec 30 – English/Tagalog
  • Dec 31 – English/Farsi
  • Jan 2 – English/Vietnamese
  • Jan 3 – English/Korean
  • Jan 4 – English/Arabic

To learn more about the grant, please visit https://careliefgrant.com/

The Restaurant Assistance Program makes funds available for restaurants that have
been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The foundation believes that San Diego restaurants have been unfairly treated during the pandemic deserve assistance.
Restaurants are encouraged to apply for assistance including assistance for any fines they may have occurred by remaining open.

Excerpt From  County Email dateed 12/17/2020

  • Addressing COVID-19 Cases at Workplace Environment

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the employer should promptly report information to County Public Health Services by completing the online notification form. Employers must also provide prompt notice to any employees who may have been exposed per the California COVID-19 Employer Playbook and Cal/OSHA guidance. A visual guide outlining steps to take can be found on the County’s website. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phases

The County of San Diego follows guidance from the state which is currently in Phase 1A. Phase 1B vaccine distribution guidance has yet to be decided by the state government. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Updated Youth Sports Guidance Under Stay-at-Home Order

The Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports Guidance was updated on December 14, 2020. Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between sports participants and high exertion that increases spread of exhaled particles and limits the ability to wear face coverings consistently. Participants in youth sports should wear face coverings when participating in the activity, maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected before use by another person, group, or team. Such activities may be conducted indoors consistent with restrictions by Tier in the Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Diagnostic Testing to Reduce Quarantine

Per CDC guidance when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, then quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (day 5), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. Any option to shorten quarantine risks being less effective than the currently recommended 14-day quarantine. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Small Business Stimulus Grant Program & 501 C (6) organizations

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program approved by the County Board of Supervisors to provide financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofit entities is determined by individual district offices. Awards are based on availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of required information. 501 C (6) organizations are encouraged to contact their district office with questions. Contact information for Supervisorial District Representatives can be found online at the bottom of this webpage. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Reporting Positive COVID-19 Teleworking Employees

Per the Public Health Order (12a), if an employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 they must promptly notify the County Department of Public Health. Employers can report information by completing the online COVID-19 notification form. Employers should report COVID-19 confirmed cases for all employees, including those teleworking from home. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Regional Stay at Home Order and Massage

Under the Regional Stay at Home Order, medical massage is allowed with a doctor’s note. [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard

Per the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), employers must offer COVID-19 testing to potentially exposed employees at no cost and during working hours. Employers can refer their employees to free County COVID-19 testing sites. Testing location information can be found online or by calling 2-1-1 (toll free). [Posted 12/16/20]

  • Drive-in Movies are Permissible Under the Stay-At-Home Order 

Drive-in Movies are permissible under the Regional Stay At Home Order. A Safe Reopening Plan  is required and COVID-19 prevention protocols need to be in place. Please ensure that local jurisdictions are aware as there could be restrictions regarding these types of events. [Posted 12/16/20]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

Received 12-18-20 at 6:33pm

Note from Robin : We are here to provide you with information and resources to the best of our ability. We trust our members will all do what is right for their business.

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San Diego County Restaurants Exempt From State’s COVID-19 Restrictions, Judge Rules

Thursday, December 17, 2020,  By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Click headline above to read article and view associated videos. 

12-14-2020 From INC. Magazine 

Good morning,

As Congress struggles to reach a bipartisan agreement over the next stimulus package, one thing is clear: The Paycheck Protection Program will make a comeback.

And it might happen soon. The forgivable loan program targeted at small businesses could get reauthorized as early as this week, if lawmakers can coalesce around one of two proposals currently making the rounds on Capitol Hill. The pressure to act now is boiling over: Covid-19 cases are reaching stark, record-breaking numbers across the U.S., and several crisis-era programs are due to expire on December 31, including the Employee Retention Tax Credit, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program.

If the PPP does get reauthorized, it’ll likely contain a series of important tweaks from its original form. For example, it’ll be more targeted: Any new funding probably would be available primarily to small businesses with 300 or fewer employees that have sustained a revenue loss of 30 percent in any quarter in 2020. And if you already received a PPP loan earlier this year, don’t worry: You might be able to apply for a second one.

Check out our story to learn the nine most important changes that you should anticipate for the next round of federal Covid aid, and how your small business should prepare for it.


California Small Business Relief Grants
Governor Newsom and the Legislature announced a package of assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including $500 million in grants. While the program is being created, please sign up here to receive an update when launched.


Stay Home Order Issued as Region’s ICU Capacity Drops Below 15%

The Southern California intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity has dropped below 15%, and the state requires San Diego County to implement a Regional Stay Home Order that prohibits gatherings of any size and closes operations in multiple sectors, including restaurants, bars, wineries and personal services.

The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region, which includes San Diego and 10 other counties, is now 12.5% as of December 5. The order is in effect today and will last for at least three weeks or until the region’s ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. The order will be assessed by the state on a weekly basis after the three-week period.

Among restrictions that go beyond the current Purple Tier that already apply to San Diego:

  • No gatherings of any size.
  • Restaurants open for takeout, delivery or drive-thru only. No on-site dining.
  • Indoor operations limited to 20%.
  • Hotels and lodging. Open only for critical infrastructure support.

The following must close from operating in any form, indoors or outdoors:

  • Indoor or outdoor playgrounds
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services, including nail salons
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Overnight stays at campgrounds

Essential businesses such as supermarkets, grocery stores, laundromats and pharmacies will remain open.

Parks, beaches and hiking and bike trails remain open. Other outdoor activities are also permitted but a face mask and social distancing is required.

12-6-2020 (Sunday)

The State Regional Stay at Home Order, announced December 3, 2020, requires regions with less than 15% hospital intensive care unit (ICU) availability to comply with additional COVID-19 preventative measures. Today, the Southern California region (which includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura), met that criteria. Effective, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Midnight Sunday Night) the following state required Health Order changes will take effect and be in effect for a minimum of 3 weeks.  After the initial three week period the hospital ICU capacity will be assessed on a weekly basis and the Order will be updated when ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%.

Effective December 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Midnight Sunday Night):

The following businesses and playgrounds must close:

  • Restaurant Food Facilities (other than for take-out, pick-up or delivery, which is still allowed)
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries (other than for take-out, pick-up or delivery, which is still allowed)
  • Wineries (other than for take-out, pick-up or delivery, which is still allowed) 
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services (including massage and body art)
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

Please continue to take all necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear face coverings.
  • Physically distance six feet when possible.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Follow industry specific guidelines for COVID-19.
  • Review your onsite Safe Reopening Plan or Food Facility Protocol and if necessary, update it to be consistent with the new requirements for your industry.

We appreciate your continued commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com. You can also text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alert updates or follow SDCountyHHSA on Facebook or @SDCountyHHSA on Twitter.


Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division

12-2-20 – From COVID BUSINESS – SD County


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our weekly COVID-19 Business telebrief. A special thank you to our subject matter experts, Gary S. Johnston, Chief Resilience Officer / Agency Representative, San Diego Office of Emergency Services, and Dr. Thomas R. Coleman, Medical Director, Maternal, Child and Family Health, Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, Medical Consultant, Public Health Services, Health and Human Services Agency, for joining us to help inform and answer questions for the community about important COVID-19 topics.

To recap, we discussed the following highlights: 

Announcements (See attached PowerPoint Slides for Resource Information and Links)

Public Health Updates 

  • Governor Newsom announced on the path of “drastic action” if things don’t change quickly. Could anticipate a stay at home order coming in the not too far distant future. Possibly expect the Governor to make an announcement in the next few days. No details currently available to counties.
  • Guidance Update:
  • Non-essential travel advisory (11/13/2020): Recommend 14-day quarantine for persons arriving in CA from other states of countries, including returning CA residents.
  • County News Center article: “If you traveled or gathered with people outside your household over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you were at higher risk of having contracted COVID-19 and could inadvertently be spreading it.”
  • Gatherings Guidance and Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings updated
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Partner Call’s new available recordings: Healthy Building Design for Pandemics and Beyond and Healthy Workplaces – Tips and Tools for Operating Your Business
  • On 12/01/20, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met, and recommended healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities would be in the 1A priority. Approved this morning by the CDC Director.
  • Isolation: For infected people (both symptomatic and asymptomatic) who have or may have COVID-19 staying home, and away from others until they recover and are not typically contagious (typically 10 days).
  • Quarantine: For non-infected people who had contact with a person with COVID-19, staying home and away from others for 14 days to prevent potential spread and see if they develop symptoms or the infection without symptoms.

Cases and Trends

  • Globally over 65 million cases and over 1.5 million deaths
  • S. 13.7 million cases and 270,000 deaths
  • San Diego County as of yesterday had a total of 83,421 identified cases
  • On 12/01/20, 1,378 reported and at least 944 cases reported daily
  • 1 hospital trigger has become red: the increase in hospitalizations 16.1%
  • 15 additional hospitalizations with 11 intensive care unit admissions as of yesterday
  • Total cases 1,019 deaths with 22 deaths reported on 12/01 where San Diego reached the threshold of 1,000 deaths
  • 81 total community outbreaks and 17 new outbreaks reported yesterday
  • Case investigation metrics currently at 62%
  • San Diego county remains in the purple tier with 51 of 58 CA counties also in purple tier.
  • Numbers related to last week’s holiday not shown yet
  • Blueprint for a Safer Economy current county metrics: Adjusted case rate: 15.3 | Unadjusted case rate: 30.5 | Testing positivity: 2.3 | Health equity testing positivity: 10.6
  • Influenza Watch (11/25/2020): 34 cases | 0 deaths | 0 outbreaks

Followed by Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • COVID-19 Symptom Screening
  • During case investigations, information about COVID-19 symptoms is collected. [Posted 12/2/20]
  • Returning to Work After Isolation
  • Per CDC, employees can end home isolation and return to work:
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
  • **Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​
  • If an employee had severe illness from COVID-19 (was admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), their healthcare provider may recommend the employee stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days). [Posted 12/2/20]
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Employees can receive up to two weeks/80 hours of paid sick leave at the regular employee’s rate of pay when they are unable to work because they are in quarantine pursuant to federal, state, or local government order, advised by a healthcare professional or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact your local office for further assistance or clarifications. Please visit the website for more information. [Posted 12/2/20)
  • Compliance with Health and Safety Protocols
  • Most businesses are complying with health and safety protocols. An ongoing challenge is identifying where COVID-19 exposure occurred since the virus is widespread in the community. Action is being taken when the County learns about entities who are not in compliance. [Posted 12/2/20]
  • Eviction Moratorium
  • The County’s eviction moratorium for unincorporated business areas has expired. Alternatively, an additional $20 million was recently approved by the Board of Supervisors to extend the County’s Small Business Stimulus Grant Program as a bridge to support small businesses. Eligible activities for funding include assistance for rent or mortgage payments. Applications are now open. [Posted 12/2/20]
  • Close Contact with Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Case
  • An employee who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine themselves, stay home and away from others for 14 days, to prevent potential spread per County of San Diego Public Health Order. If employee who has been in close contact develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive, they should inform employer and then employer needs to take further actions per State’s Employer Playbook. To notify the County of San Diego Public Health Department of an employee’s COVID-19 positive test, employers need to complete online form here. [Posted 12/2/20]
  • CalOSHA Emergency Temporary Standards on COVID-19 Prevention
  • California approved the Temporary Emergency CAL/OSHA Standards on COVID-19 Infection Prevention. The new temporary standards apply to most workers in California that are not covered by CAL/OSHA’s aerosol transmissional standards. Please refer to this page to check exemption to the standards. For assistance on developing the prevention program, employers can visit CAL/OSHA’s consultation services at 1-800-963-9424 or at InfoCons@dir.ca.gov. [Posted 12/2/20]
  • Non-COVID Symptoms
  • Individuals who feel sick with non-COVID symptoms should defer to their healthcare provider for clinical diagnosis. Individuals in need of a healthcare provider, can call 2-1-1 or visit 211sandiego.org. [Posted 12/2/20]
  • COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
  • The CDC website provides steps to create a safe and healthy workplace for workers and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic that employers, owners and managers, and operation specialists can follow. Per CDC, consider taking steps to improve ventilation in the building, in consultation with an HVAC professional:
  • Increase the percentage of outdoor air potentially as high as 100%
  • Increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, if possible
  • Consider using natural ventilation – opening windows if safe to do so
  • Improve central air filtration

For more ways to improve ventilation in the building, please visit the CDC website. [Posted 12/2/20]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

We will be meeting again Wednesday, December 16th from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Small Business Stimulus Grant

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is funded by Board of Supervisors allocated federal CARES Act funding. The grant funding provides economic assistance to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. Financial assistance will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses and nonprofit entities with final award recommendations made by individual district offices based on the availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Grant Application Now Open – Check your Eligibility & Apply

Applications are now open for eligible businesses, subject to availability of funding. If you have applied previously, you do not need to reapply.


Dear Food Facility Operators,

On November 25, 2020 the California Department of Public Health issued guidance on “Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operation” which defines an outdoor operation to include operations that are conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter, as long as no more than 50% of the structure’s perimeter has impermeable walls, allowing sufficient, unrestricted outdoor air movement resulting in cross-ventilation. Such walls must be non-adjacent or non-continuous. Of note, doors, windows and other portals do not make a wall “non-continuous.” Adjacent walls are walls that touch each other and form a corner. This supersedes the definition in the July 13, 2020 State Public Health Order.

The guidance provides two charts to help distinguish examples of indoor vs. outdoor dining: – Visit the Webpage with complete details  here:


11-19-20 – Just about Bi-weekly the county holds a telebriefing and subsequently emails a summary for us.  Here is the information from the briefing of 11/18/2020:

UPDATE: County health officials will provide an unscheduled update on COVID-19 during a media briefing tomorrow, November 19th at 2:30 PM. The briefing will be live on the County’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To recap, we discussed the following highlights: 

Cases and Trends


  • Case increased almost 50% with deaths increased almost 26% over the last week.


  • Cases up 51.3% with the doubling of daily cases in just 10 days over the last week.
  • Hospitalizations increase 48% in the past two weeks.
  • 2 weeks ago, 9 of the 58 counties in the purple tier.
  • 41 of the 58 in the purple tier as of Monday.


  • Public Health Order (Updated 11/13/2020)
  • On 11/17, 66,319 total cases with 718 new rases reported.
  • At least 600 cases reported for the past week.
  • Hospital triggers remain green although increase in hospitalizations over the last couple of weeks.
  • 118 new over the period from the 2nd through the 8th; 150 from the 9th to the 15th; 24 reported as of the 16th.
  • Overall total number of cases included 933 deaths.
  • Triggers dashboard: 47 total community outbreaks yesterday representing 216 cases with 3 new outbreaks reported: 1 in a business, 1 in a restaurant, and 1 in a K-12 school environment.
  • Unadjusted case rate: 12.1
  • Adjusted case rate: 10.7
  • Test positivity percentage: 4.3%
  • Health Equity Testing Positivity Percentage: 6.5%
  • Testing rate per 100,000: 334.9

Other Updates

  • Any school that had not reopened for K-12 education will not be allowed to reopen. The K-6 waiver process has been reestablished.
  • The county is increasing enforcement efforts to make sure businesses and other entities are following the Health Officer Order. County will be issuing more cease and desist orders. If ignored, the county will issue closure orders.
  • Listing of cease and desist orders available on the coronavirus website.
  • Last Friday, letters issued to all enforcement agencies to help enforce the Public Health Order.

CDC COVID-19 Partner Updates:

  • Healthy workplaces, tips and tools for operating your business (Visit this link for the listing of recordings when available).
  • November 2nd: Healthy building design for pandemics and beyond (recording)
  • Subscribe to receive future call announcements for upcoming CDC COVID-19 Partner Updates.
  • Enter your email and then search for “COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Partners”.

Good news:

  • Pfizer completed initial data and will be submitting to the FDA for authorization for its vaccine.
  • Moderna also showing effectiveness.
  • Upcoming meeting with the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices on the November 23rd to determine who will receive the vaccine first. No registration needed to view.
  • Latest influenza watch showing 18 total cases of influenza so far from the beginning of this season compared to 400 at the same time last year.
  • Critically important to get the flu shot for prevention of the flu and overlapping symptoms don’t overwhelm the healthcare system.

Followed by Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Remote Work for Non-Essential Office Workers
  • State industry guidance recommends non-essential office workers to work remotely, if possible, to create a safer environment for workers. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Business Occupancy Limit
  • The physical distance guideline is 6 feet of separation between employees, customers, and visitors when not from the same household. Business occupancy can be determined based on maximum room/area occupancy and net square footage of room/area. A sample online tool is maximum capacity calculator.  [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Teleworking
  • Some jobs are more conducive to teleworking than others. Highly recommend that employers try to be as transparent as possible about feasibility of teleworking with employees via communication and internal policies. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Telecommuting for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers 
  • An essential critical infrastructure business can still conduct indoor operations, which may require workers to be present at the workplace all day. To determine the need for telecommuting can be made by what’s needed. Whenever possible, it is important to implement ways to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Impact of COVID-19 and Long-Term Implications
  • The state’s website has data models available online to find nowcasts, forecasts, and scenarios of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively working to learn more about the whole range of short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Employee Screening
  • Businesses and employers should refer to the state’s industry guidance for information on employee screening. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • COVID-19 Testing  
  • An employer cannot require an employee, who previously tested positive, to take a COVID-19 test or get a certification from their doctor to return to work. Per the state’s testing discrimination and inappropriate workplace testing guidance, symptom- or protocol-based criteria should be used in determining when an employee is safe to return to the workplace.  [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Beverage Purchase 
  • An alcoholic beverage can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Outbreak Data
  • Data is actively being collected for COVID-19 outbreaks. Information about COVID-19 positive cases in San Diego County can be found at coronavirus-sd.com. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Reporting Violations to the County Compliance Team 
  • The compliance team is working overtime to handle compliance issues being reported to the system. General public can send in their complaint to the 24/7 hotline or email to notify businesses that are not following the health order. Currently there are 25-27 inspectors on the team. They can make the determination for the level of violation and proceed with the necessary steps. A business can receive an immediate cease and desist letter, which can result in a fine of up to $1,000, or a closure letter from the Public Health department for additional citations and fines. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Face Covering in Cubicles
  • The state’s guidance for the use of face coverings was updated on 11/16/20 and mandates that a face covering is required at all times when outside of the home, with some exceptions. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Reopening Requirements for Businesses 
  • The Safe Reopening Plan list requirements for when a business can be open per the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Businesses need to post the plan at their entrance and discuss it with employees. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Close Contact and Reporting at Workplace 
  • If an employee were in close contact with COVID-19 positive but did not have a close contact exposure in the workplace, the employer is not required to notify to other employees. If one of your employee contracts COVID-19 and does not get contacted by the public health department, then it is your responsibility take the initiative to reach out to the County on your own.  [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Fitness Facilities Use by Residents in Community Condominiums 
  • It is permissible to have one resident use the fitness centers in community condominium at a time. It is required they have a good Safe Reopening Plan, a registration process, and follow the listed guidelines: temperature and symptom screenings, physical distancing, face coverings and increased sanitation. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Fitness Facilities Use at Hospital and Clinic Settings 
  • A fitness/gym facility is not allowed to be opened for community/public use. Gyms can be used for physical therapy to provide 1-1 training. Refer to the guidance for gyms and fitness centers and limited services for safety guidelines. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Indoor Studio Operations 
  • Indoor studio activities (dance, dojos, gymnastics) are permissible for day camp use for youth. They are not open to adults in the purple tier. Follow the guidelines listed in the required Safe Reopening Plan and follow all the protocols: temperature and symptom screenings, physical distancing, face coverings and increased sanitation. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Timeline of COVID-19 Testing 
  • If an individual is symptomatic after travel, they should get tested immediately. In accordance with the updated (11/13) travel advisory from CDPH, “Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.” [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Positive Employee Notification Protocol
  • Per the state’s employer playbook, employers must notify all workers who were potentially exposed to the individuals with COVID-19. [Posted 11/18/20]
  • Larger Events Timeline 
  • Allowance of larger events will be determined by the timeline of the vaccine distribution. The distribution of vaccine will be prioritized by tiers. Currently there are promising studies being done in a rapid pace. The two that came out with similar mechanism of action are Pfizer and Moderna, which are showing its effectiveness. Once they are authorized for emergency use, they will get distributed to healthcare providers first by end of the year. [Posted 11/18/20]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

We will be meeting again Wednesday, December 2nd from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

San Diego County Public Health Order 📄 (Updated Nov. 2, 2020)
• Revisions in item 3, regarding schools.

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Interested in Knowing The Tourism Forecasting?

Tourism Economics shared a Lodging Forecast Report detailing what the road to recovery looks like for the local hotel industry. Also, San Diego continued its run as one of the top-performing markets in the country both in terms of  occupancy and room rates in the weekly industry report.

Download the Report Here

Tomorrow, October 22 

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 22, for Path Forward: Flu Shots, Masks, & COVID-19 Testing. 

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia from Boston University’s School of Medicine and Medical Center will give an update on the state of the pandemic and what we need to know as we head into flu season.

Meijer Specialty Pharmacy’s Heather Schultz will answer all of your questions about flu shots and why they’re more important this year than ever.

Ministry of Supply’s Gahin Amarasiriwardena will share the science behind masks that Fast Company said are “the best they’ve seen.”

And Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka will join us from Japan to share some of the lessons RIKEN is learning about COVID-19 and masks from the world’s fastest supercomputer.


State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

October 9, 2020

TO:  All Californians  SUBJECT:  Guidance for Private Gatherings

10/19 Traveler’s Sentiment This Week as Presented by Destination Analytics:

The strong growth in coronavirus cases across the U.S. looks it may have brought us into another period of “here we go again.” Fortunately, this time around, safety perceptions of travel activities are not being punished, as these actually continued to improve. However, the renewed anxiety among travelers is dampening their travel readiness and trip plans, including for the upcoming holidays, in which it appears that 25% fewer Americans will be traveling to celebrate this year. Meanwhile, niche travel for skiing/snowboarding and conventions/group meetings still look to be moving steadily towards recovery, with 68.3% of ski/snowboard travelers saying they are likely to return to a favored ski destination on an overnight trip this season and nearly 40% of convention travelers saying they have plans to attend a convention/group meeting event in the next year. Nevertheless, it is important for the travel industry to be realistic about the threat that virtual meetings pose: one-in-five are now saying they prefer virtual to in-person conventions/group meetings.

10 / 14/ 2020 – COVID TELEBRIEF

Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Travel and Self-Quarantine Information
  • Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for travel and quarantine guidance. Currently there is no restriction on travel between states, but there is some guidance on international travel. Be on alert for potential symptoms when you come back from travelling and get tested if possible. For more information about travel, please visit this page. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Outdoor Playgrounds Operated by Homeowners’ Associations (HOA)
  • HOA outdoor playgrounds can reopen provided the operators follow the State guidance. You should look at the outdoor playground guidance and follow the recommendations precisely, especially regarding the cleaning and disinfection. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Exposure Definition and Quarantine Duration Updates
  • There are no changes to the CDC’s definition of exposure or quarantine duration requirements unless something changes in the science as we learn more about the virus. A test is only one specific point in time, so symptoms could still develop later. That is why once you are identified as a close contact, there is a 14-day quarantine requirement. Close contacts who develop symptoms after onset of the exposure, we recommend getting tested between 5-7 days to prevent getting tested early if you only get tested once. Even if you get tested after your symptoms stop, you must still quarantine for the full 14 days. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Sport Activities in Wellness Centers
  • “Fitness Activities”, especially those associated with health (physical and mental), are permissible provided they meet appropriate State guidelines.  Many of the activities under Gyms and Fitness Centers, Outdoor Recreation, and Youth Sports guidance  will give you an idea of what type activities are permissible and what COVID-19 prevention protocols are necessary to conduct them safely. There needs to be a focus on adhering to the “big 4”: social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Face Covering Guidance and Eating Indoors
  • The importance of state’s face covering guidance has not changed from the State or health officer’s order. It is ideal for individuals to eat outdoors rather than indoors as there is less risk of spreading COVID-19 outdoors. Ensure that people are physically distanced by 6 ft, and staggered seating is recommended if not able to be 6 ft apart when eating at the desk. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Serving Food for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious or Cultural Ceremonies
  • Currently food and beverage must remain pre-packed unless you have appropriate permits to prepare and serve food.  If this is the case, follow both the Place of Worship State Reopening Guidance and Restaurant Guidance. If you do not have permitted capability, pre-packaged or  boxed meals are the best course to take.  It is permissible to consume that food at your place of worship provided you adhere to appropriate COVID prevention protocols – sanitation, physical distancing, face covering unless eating, and hand washing. Consuming food outdoors is safer than indoors. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Testing Timeline after COVID-19 Exposure
  • The median time to develop symptoms is 4-5 days. Since a test is a point in time and you could still develop symptoms later, it is suggested that you get tested 5-7 days after close contact, or exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Reporting to jurisdictions outside of San Diego County 
  • Refer to the Employer Playbook for Safe Reopening (9/25). Employers are required to report cases to both the jurisdiction that they are part of, as well as the jurisdiction where the employee physically resides. Refer to the Health Officer order for local guidance on reporting for essential and reopened businesses, section 12. Epidemiology departments will help with coordinating with other health departments in other counties in the state for notification of investigation. Please see the COVID-19 Enhanced Enforcement and Employer Reporting Requirements. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Mandatory Testing
  • The County is focusing on increasing testing based on health equity conditions, zip codes, and census tracks with lower scores. Currently, mandatory testing is required in certain occupations and facilities, like a nursing facility. We still must continue to work together to minimize the risk and get tested when you develop symptoms or have had exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • 15 Minute Close Contact 
  • In reference to the CDC’s definition of a close contact as “Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset”: 15 minutes refers to the cumulative amount of time you have spent within 6 feet of an infected person. This is based on our knowledge of the virus and is an operational definition so we can easily determine who is a close contact. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Levels of Exposure: Exposure and Symptoms in the Household
  • Quarantine is required only for an asymptomatic person who has been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. If someone is symptomatic and COVID-related or especially diagnosed, that person will be directed to isolate, not quarantine. If your family member develops symptoms after you recover from the same symptoms, they should consult their health care provider. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Health Care Workers Entering Facility after Working with Confirmed Cases
  • It is not permissible to deny entry to a facility or refuse service to a care worker who works in close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases. As it is important to support health care workers, at a minimum, the business should provide a reasonable alternative to still provide the service. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Frequency of Conducting Health Screening Questionnaire and Temperature Checks
  • Employees and volunteers are required to be screened. There is no requirement to be screened multiple times during the workday and/or every time they come and go from the office. It is recommended that you also screen patrons and students, but again, it is not mandatory every time they enter or leave the building. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Events 
  • If Chambers are preparing for seasonal events that mirror industry-approved activities such as Farmers Markets or Swap Meets, they can continue to plan for these types of outdoor events and submit proposals for review to COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov . [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Indoor Pickle Ball and Basketball Courts
  • Consult the Outdoor Recreation and Indoor Fitness Center guidance to view which organized physical activities are allowed. High contact programs that require close contact less than six feet in distance with members not in your household are not allowed. This would include activities such as group sporting events, organized intermural activities, pick-up basketball, or organized races. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Reporting Unsafe Practices of Restaurants with Outdoor Eating
  • To report businesses or organizations that are open and have been ordered to close, or otherwise not following health order, call (858) 694-2900 or email: SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov. The county tracks and follows up on these reports. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Swap Meet and Holiday Markets
  • A swap meet is:a gathering at which enthusiasts or collectors trade or exchange items of common interest.” If a “holiday market” is similar to a farmer’s market, craft fair or swap meet, they are permissible, given those three activities are permissible by the State. Scope and scale are a big concern, local jurisdictions need to be involved, and a detailed safe reopening plan is required. See the guidance for Farmers Markets and Swap Meets. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Rapid Testing Functionality and Reliability
  • 1st, it would depend on the “rapid” test (e.g., PCR or antigen) as to how it works.  But, 2nd, irrespective of the type of rapid test, any test only gives you a person’s status at that point in time, so it would be impossible to say that employees who tested negative with the rapid test were safe to be around others or go back to work.  That’s why we stress the importance of following the “big 4”: stay home if you’re sick/employers having a screening process; hand sanitation and disinfection; physical distancing; face coverings, because we know that asymptomatic transmission can occur. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Employers Required to Report Remote Employees Who Tested Positive for COVID-19
  • It is a good practice to report positive employee cases even if the employee works remote. To try to minimize transmission and potentially prevent outbreaks, it’s helpful for the health department to be aware of all positive cases (and that’s why the Public Health Order requires all test results to be reported to Public Health Services).  But it wouldn’t be “required” for the employer to report if there was no possibility of exposure in the workplace. [Posted 10/14/20]
  • Calculating Health Equity Metric with a Positive Case’s Zip Code 
  • We ask for address when registering people for a County test site and labs, and other healthcare providers doing testing to do the same. If someone has a positive case and we don’t have an address, Epidemiology Case Investigators may ask for that information so we can make sure to classify that individual’s census track and ZIP Code as accurate as possible. [Posted 10/14/20]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

We will be meeting again Wednesday, October 28th from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.

10/16/20 – County in Danger of Falling into Purple Tier

The local COVID-19 adjusted case rate has steadily increased and has reached 7.0 cases per every 100,000 residents, placing the County in danger of being moved into the state’s more restrictive Purple Tier or Tier 1.

Should the case rate reach 7.1 or higher for two consecutive weeks, indoor activities will not be allowed at restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and a number of other locations.

County health officials are asking San Diegans to be vigilant and continue following the local health guidance to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“San Diegans must take action and do it now. We need everyone’s support so that we can prevent the region from moving into the most restrictive level,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “People should stay home as much as possible, telework if they can and avoid gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The County’s COVID-19 unadjusted case rate for the week of Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 increased from 7.2 to 7.8.  The adjusted metric also rose from 6.8 to 7.0 cases per 100,000 people during the same time.

Should the region post Purple Tier numbers for two weeks in a row, the County would be forced to follow the more restrictive state guidance.

“We must bring our numbers down and the only way to do that is to limit our contact with people outside our households,” Wooten said. “San Diegans who need to be out in public should wear a mask and maintain their distance from people outside their household. Avoid large crowds or gatherings to prevent getting or passing the virus.”

Given the data reported for the week of Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, the County is expected to still be in the Red Tier when the state announces the region new standing Oct. 20.

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 6.8 per 100,000 residents. Limit for Tier 2 is 7.0.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 3.0%, placing it in Tier 3 or the Orange Tier.
  • The state’s health equity metric looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions.
  • The County’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 5.7. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers but is required to advance.
  • The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • One new community outbreak was confirmed on Oct. 15 in a restaurant/bar setting.
  • In the past seven days (Oct. 9 through Oct. 16), 40 community outbreaks were confirmed.
  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.


  • 6,724 tests were reported to the County on Oct. 15, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 5%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3.0%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 9,085.
  • People with and without symptoms who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should be tested. Health care and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted.


  • 311 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Oct. 15. The region’s total is now 51,781.
  • 3,740 or 7.2% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 865 or 1.7% of all cases and 23.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Three new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on Oct. 15. The region’s total is now 850.
  • Two men and one woman died between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, and their ages ranged from early 60s to early 90s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s coronavirus-sd.com website will be updated around 5 p.m. today.

  • September 22, the State announced San Diego County will continue to remain in the “Substantial” red tier, or Tier 2, of the state’s system of assessing COVID-19 risk. The change means indoor activities that recently reopened can continue for at least two more weeks.
  • Two consecutive weeks of Tier 1 data could move us backwards to the “Widespread” purple Tier 1. The same applies with moving forwards from Tier 2 to the “Moderate” orange Tier 3.
  • It is highly recommended that everyone receive a flu vaccine this year.

Websites/Resources mentioned:

Understand your county’s status

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

Current tier assignments as of September 22, 2020 – this info will update reqularly

State Updates

Governor Newsom Signs Bill Extending Job-Protected Family Leave

On September 17, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation ensuring millions more Californians can utilize Paid Family Leave benefits they pay for without the fear of job loss. SB 1383 was developed through the Paid Family Leave Task Force convened by the Administration last year and builds on previous work to extend Paid Family Leave benefits from six to eight weeks for each parent of a newborn.

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect California’s Workforce

On September 17, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills as part of his worker protection package.

  • SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for first responders, health care workers and people who test positive due to an outbreak at work to get the support they need, including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits.
  • AB 685 ensures timely notification to employees and local and state public health officials of COVID-19 cases at workplaces. This notification will help workers take necessary precautions such as seeking testing, getting medical help or complying with quarantine directives.

September 21, 2020

Dear Food Facility Operators,

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has taken an active role in providing education and guidance on compliance with COVID-19 State and local orders, as well as industry guidelines. The County of San Diego now has a Safe Reopening Compliance Team that provides outreach, education and complaint investigations related to COVID-19, allowing DEH to resume routine inspections.

Starting on Monday, September 21, 2020, DEH will resume conducting graded food safety inspections that focus on major risk factors and good retail practices to ensure compliance with the California Retail Food Code. While guidance and education on the State COVID-19 Industry Guidelines and the local Health Officer Order may be discussed during the inspection, the State COVID-19 Industry Guidelines and the local Health Officer Order are not part of the requirements that factor into the inspection score and grade.

We appreciate your continued commitment to protecting public health. Your efforts are making an impact, please continue to take all the following necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Physically distance six feet when possible.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Follow industry specific guidelines for COVID-19.
  • Review your onsite Safe Reopening Plan or Food Facility Protocol and if necessary, update it to be consistent with the new requirements for your industry.

If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or email fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

If you have questions regarding the Safe Reopening Compliance Team, please call (858) 694-2900 or email SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID‐19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus‐sd.com.


Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division


Added to this site on 9/14/20

San Diego County Board Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, with funding by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz.), have partnered to educate, communicate, and assist San Diego County small business owners with navigating requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen. Assistance includes free online training (live and recorded) and free one-on-one business advising.

“The SBDC is a vital partner for small businesses in San Diego,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “This new, complimentary  online resource will assist business owners adapt to the new way of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

(Effective September 1, 2020)

08/31/2020 -Please note—although some businesses are allowed to open statewide that were previously closed, it us up to the county to decide on whether to follow these changes or apply more restrictions than the state.

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

County of San Diego Communications Office
Aug. 31, 2020 | 6:16 PM

Safe Reopening

The state created a new system to determine when and how activities can reopen. Details for each county are in its Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Recent changes for San Diego County are below.

To operate under the new guidance, businesses and organizations will need to update their Safe Reopening Plan.

Under the state guidance, the following can operate indoors with modifications starting Aug. 31. In some cases, guidance includes maximum capacity. They can continue outdoor operations.

  • Restaurants, dine-in. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. They still need to close at 10 p.m.
  • Places of worship. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Movie theaters. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Museums. 25% capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centers. 10% capacity.
  • Dance studios. 10% capacity.
  • Yoga studios. 10% capacity.
  • Zoos and aquariums. 25% capacity.
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Body waxing
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Piercing
  • Skin care and cosmetology

Reopening steps

All business or activities allowed to open have restrictions on how they operate. Before reopening, you need to take the following steps.

Step 1

Refer to the guidance for your specific business or activity. This is mostly from the state. Links to many are below.

Step 2

Following the guidance, complete the County’s Safe Reopening Plan (Spanish | Somali). You need to post the plan at your entrance, and discuss it with employees.

Restaurants have a separate plan and guidance to follow. See reopening for food businesses.

Each business’s plan may need to be updated and reposted when state guidance changes. The County will not require approval for this plan.

Businesses with questions can email: COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov

Step 3

Confirm on the list that San Diego’s public health officer has allowed the activity or business to open.

Monday – August 31, 2020 – As part of COVID 19 Update from SD County:

Federal Updates

Payroll Tax Deferral Takes Effect Sept. 1

The IRS issued guidance last week on President Trump’s payroll tax deferral to defer tax from Sept.1 until Dec. 31. This guidance includes the following highlights:

  • Employers can defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll taxes on wages paid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Interest, penalties, and additions to tax will begin to accrue on unpaid taxes starting May 1, 2021.
  • Employees who partake in the payroll tax deferral will receive a temporary boost for the remainder of the year, but smaller paychecks early next year as employers withhold and pay the deferred amounts to the IRS.
  • The deferral applies to any employee whose pretax wages or compensation during any biweekly pay period generally is less than $4,000 – the equivalent of $104,000 a year.
  • San Diego as of 8/18/2020 no longer on the County Monitoring List:

Once a county appears on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days, indoor operations in the sectors listed in Section 3 of the July 13th State Health Officer Order must close.

  • The July 13th order specifies that these indoor operations shall remain closed, even when a county is removed from the County Monitoring List, until the State Health Officer modifies the Order and authorizes re-opening.
  • The State of California is actively reassessing the July 13th order in light of evolving scientific evidence regarding disease transmission and the risk of transmission in different settings and will provide updates in the coming week

Please Note: The data used for county tracking on this page may differ from the data reported by counties and data used by the California Department of Public Health’s county data monitoring program, which incorporates specific epidemiologic metrics, lag time, and ongoing updates as case data are reconciled. Learn more on the CDPH County Monitoring List page here.

The State Public Health Officer may take additional action if needed.

Provided by the County of San Diego on the Evening of August 12, 2020

Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Privacy Protection when Reporting Positive Employee Cases
    • The phone number for employers to notify the County of employees with COVID-19 is (888)950-9905. It is a secure hotline managed by staff trained in privacy and security.  Public health labs and other testing labs report positive cases but the requirement is for employers to report as well. [Posted 8/12/20]
    • Consult with an attorney if you are concerned about the privacy – there is a public health portion requirement of HIPAA that requires the collection of this type of data. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Reporting Requirements for Positive Employee COVID-19 Cases
    • An employer should report any positive employee COVID-19 case to (888) 950-9905. Consult the Employer’s Playbook – employers should contact local health department in any jurisdiction in which the employee resides even if that is not San Diego County. At this point employers are required to disclose name and date of birth. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Closure of Day Camps when Summer Over
    • Currently there is no plan to prohibit or cease Sport Day Camps at such facilities. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Preparing for Reopening of Closed Indoor Business
    • An indoor movie theater is not considered an essential business. In addition, indoor operations are currently prohibited by the state. Conducting routine inspections of the facility for security, maintenance, and other operational requirements is expected/anticipated and “reasonable”. Preparing employees to reopen will have to be done virtually/remotely until such time indoor operations are permitted. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Reporting Workplace v. Non-workplace Related COVID-19 Positive Cases
    • Since there is countywide community transmission, an employer can’t determine if transmission happened in the workplace or in the community. The Public Health Order Section 16c guidance refers to the need to report when an “employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19”, so employers should report any employee whether they work on site or not. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Childcare Support for Working Parents
    • The County Board of Supervisors approved additional funding for Day Care providers via Cares Act funding — $25M to help address the childcare need. The key is getting off the State’s County Monitoring List so we can expand in-person reopening of schools. We are going to work through the school waivers as quickly as possible to alleviate some of the pressure of child daycare. 14 consecutive days after we’re off the State watchlist, schools are allowed to be open (which will be a district-level decision). [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Live Entertainment at Restaurant/Bar
    • Unfortunately – “no live entertainment” is permitted by the State at this time. There is still State concern that live entertainment could create a congregate setting. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Recommended v. Required to Notify Employees Exposed to COVID-19
    • Section 16ciii of the Public Health Order required that employees “provide notice of the exposure to any employees, and contractors (who regularly work at the workplace), who may have been exposed to COVID-19.” [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Increase in Children Testing Positive for COVID-19
  • Face Coverings for Children Aged 2 and Older
  • Church Gathering Guidelines
    • No changes under current closures = no indoor services. All services must be outdoors, and although there is no limit on number of people, the natural setting must allow 6ft separation between people from different households. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Outdoor Pickleball
    • If it is part of Youth Sports Day Camp, then it is allowed with proper separation and face coverings. If adults are playing, it is not currently allowed.  [Posted 8/12/20]
  • When Indoor Activities will be Allowed
    • As soon as we get off the State monitoring list (3 consecutive days of meeting the State’s metrics), we will be engaging the State to discuss what we can start reopening. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Development of automated system to report positive cases to the County Health Department
    • Automated process is not yet developed, so please continue to use the phone number at (888)950-9905 until it is. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Information an Employer Needs to Provide if Contacted after Reporting a Positive Workplace COVID-19 Case
    • See Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace guidance from the California Department of Public Health regarding additional information that may be asked of the employer about the employee to help the investigation. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Need to Report Cases of Employees that Have Been Working from Home
    • Yes, this is how the Public Health Order is written – all employee COVID-19 cases must be reported. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Earliest Time Schools could Reopen
    • After coming off the State watchlist, schools will be allowed to reopen after 14 consecutive days of meeting the State’s metrics. The only exception would be for TK- Grade 6 elementary schools with an approved waiver. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Trends for Companies Reporting Cases or Outbreaks
    • There is no information available yet in regards to trends due to the incubation period and the Public Health Officer order reporting updates being a recent change. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Prompt Notification and Confidentiality of Positive COVID-19 Workplace Cases
    • Please refer to the Employer’s Playbook and review its content thoroughly. In regards to confidentiality concerns, consult with your attorney and review HIPAA guidelines on confidentiality protection. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Cardroom Operations
    • Allowed to operate cardrooms outdoors. Tents may be used as long as one of the four sides of the tent is open. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • COVID-19 testing data
    • When calculating the data on COVID-19 positive cases, the metrics for the number of people tested include duplicates and people retested. However, the parameters for COVID-19 positive cases do not include retest or duplicates. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Causal factors for restaurant outbreaks
    • The research reflects that restaurants are a leading category where outbreaks are occurring due to close exposures indoors, often when people are not wearing face coverings. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • COVID-19 city level trend data
    • Individual city level trend data is available on the County’s data dashboard. To see city-specific details, please click on your city on the rightmost column, and then the blue line graph will adjust after a few seconds. You can hover over each day for additional information. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Day camps
    • There is no limit of campers for Day Camps. The limit for Sport Day Camps is a maximum of 12 campers. The Youth Sports guidance has no limitations on numbers of players. [Posted 8/12/20]
  • Focus on highly impacted areas
    • Teams of promotoras who speak English and Spanish are being deployed into Latino communities  that are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Their work is being done through a collaboration between the County, Project Concern International and South Bay Community Services. In addition, testing sites  have been determined by an analysis of case data and there’s been a  significant focus on the Latinx community and corresponding communication efforts. [Posted 8/12/20]

Websites/Resources mentioned:

08-12-2020 – Received via email from our County Board of Supervisors Liaison:
Here is direct link to information:  https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-225a

SD County Stimulus Grant.

If you are planning on applying for the SD County Stimulus Grant. Our Deadline (Dist 2) is August 15th.

There is a video on the application process available. It is less than 9 minutes long. You may access it here:


Resources Updated 08/07/2020 – Click on Image below


Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis through December of 2020. If you are not awarded a grant one month, you may reapply. Similarly, you may opt in to having your application roll over month to month. In the application, please indicate your interest in being considered on a rolling basis. Please note, grants are nonrenewable and an eligible company may only be awarded one grant in total.

Better Business Serving the Pacific Southwest provides reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in our Main St. Matters

Grant application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us about your interest in submitting an application for the Main St. Matters Grant program at innovation@bbbcommunity.org or you can call us at 602-449-3990. Please limit the use of this number for questions related to accommodations for a disability to make sure all those who need special assistance can be helped. For general questions please view our FAQs.

Digital Media Toolkit

Calling ALL Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal digital media toolkit materials can assist businesses and proud partners in communicating the importance of following state and county industry guidance, shopping locally and shopping safely. Materials are free to download, share, and customize.

Get The Tools Here

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has reopened

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

You Can Apply Here

Two Webinars Attended on Behalf of Julian Chamber of Commerce

7/29/20 – San Diego Tourism Authority – MarketShare Member Update – This webinar covered the timeline and outlook for San Diego as a destination. There is some interesting and encouraging notes contained within the accompanying document that talks about how California is unique in that we have a large population from which to derive our “in state tourism.”  Click here for the presentation deck.  This presentation Deck is FULL of Tourist Related Information and Forecasts.

07/30/20 San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Roundtable – This webinar was full of great information on the stimulus and PPP and other loan programs. Click here for most of the presentation deck.  I will upload my other screenshots and link them below

Robin’s notes and screenshots from above mentioned webinar. Notes on PPP forgiveness -County Stimulus Grants and Sidewalk usage. 


Dear DEH Operators,

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that certain hand sanitizers produced in Mexico have been found to contain methanol (also known as wood alcohol), which is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening when ingested.

CHECK YOUR HAND SANITIZER – If the manufacturer’s name is on this list, stop using it immediately.

  • 4E Global, SAPI de CV
  • AAA Cosmetica
  • DDI Multinacional SA de CV
  • Eskbiochem SA de CV
  • Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV
  • Limpo Quimicos SA de CV
  • Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A. de CV
  • Maquiladora Miniara, SA de CV
  • Mystic International SA de CV
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV
  • Tropicosmeticos SA de CV

For the latest information and to check if your hand sanitizer is recalled, check the FDA’s Methanol Contaminated Products List (en Español).

More Hand Sanitizer Safety Tips:

  • Avoid products that say “FDA-approved” on the label – there are no hand sanitizers approved by the FDA.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you have swallowed hand sanitizer or are experiencing symptoms after repeated use of these products on your skin and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice.
  • Signs and symptoms of methanol poisoning include headache, blurred vision or blindness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of coordination, and decreased alertness.
  • Keep hand sanitizers out of the reach of children and supervise their use.
  • FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505-6900 or email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division


Employer playbook for reopening safelyGovernor Newsom announced new supports for California’s workforce, including preventative measures, employer education and long-lasting worker protections. Read the Employer Playbook, which provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.



The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) recognizes certain commercial businesses must quickly change their operations to comply with the current Center for Disease Control (CDC), state, and/ or local guidelines or health orders.  To allow these changes to occur quickly and to reduce impacts to existing businesses, PDS will be flexible in enforcing zoning ordinance requirements during this time as long as the changes are temporary and meet the requirements listed below.  We highly suggest customers inquire with PDS before making any adjustments to operations and before investing in these changes. GET FULL DETAILS BY CLICKING HERE


Dear DEH Operators,

Due to the increase of community outbreaks in San Diego county since mid-June, on July 16, 2020 the local Public Health Officer shared a list of resources for responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. Attached is a copy of the Public Health Officer’s letter to businesses and employers within the San Diego region. As an employer, it is important that you are prepared to ensure the safety of your staff, customers, and the community, should an outbreak occur at your facility. Below, for your convenience, are links to information resources:

We appreciate your continued partnership and commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505-6900 or email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com or DEH’s FAQ documents: Food Facility Health Officer Order FAQ, Swimming Pool/Body Art/Massage Health Officer Order FAQ.

Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division

07/20/20 – Small Business Stimulus Grant Program

The district offices are in the process of reviewing applications. Businesses that are awarded grant funds will be decided at Board of Supervisors’ meetings. The next scheduled Board meeting is August 4, 2020. A listing of the businesses that receive awarded grant funds will be posted to the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program webpage at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/stimulusgrant/grantinfo/.

July 16, 2020
TO: Employers and Community Sectors
FROM: Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., Public Health Officer & Director, Public Health Services


07/15/20 San Diego COVID Business Tele-briefing – Questions asked from the community, and answers:

  • Street Closures in Business Districts & Mask/Social Distance Mandates
    • Recommend meeting with higher level entities (City Manager, Mayor, Restaurant Association, Law Enforcement) as it will be a team effort to close streets for restaurant space. Everyone is responsible for following the mask and social distance order as stated in the Public Health Order, or be subject to citations. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Public Health Order Updates
    • Stay connected to receive updates on the Public Health Order via the Business Sector telebriefing, joining the Business Sector email list, and tuning into the County of San Diego’s press briefings on Monday and Wednesday at 2:30 PM on social media. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Current Stage on Resilience Roadmap & Closures
    • We are still in Stage Two of California’s Resilience Roadmap, and many things are still open like outdoor dining and indoor retails. If offices are non-essential, they must close and it is recommended that employees telework instead. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Gathering Restrictions
  • Rental Spaces for Essential Meetings
    • Meetings are allowed for essential personnel if you can maintain safety measures but recommend providing other options, such as virtual meetings, where possible. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Determining Factor to Reopen what has Closed
  • Non-Essential Offices
  • Essential Businesses
    • Recommended to visit this page for list of essential businesses. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Set-up tent for Outdoor Operations guidance
  • Break Rooms in Essential Businesses
    • Recommend to congregate areas for now or maintain safety protocols and encourage employees to take breaks outdoors. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Swimming Pools
    • If a pool is indoors and part of a fitness facility, it must be kept closed. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Personal Care Services Closure Time
    • State will determine when personal care services can reopen. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Personal Care Services Performed Outdoors
    • Businesses will have to get approval from licensing entities to work outdoors. Letters of support are being sent to the state to ease restrictions. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Retail Operations
    • Non-mall retail operations are still allowed to operate. Only indoor malls are not allowed to operate. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Statewide Closure of Schools
    • Current guidance states that schools can reopen, but we are expecting updated reopening guidance from the state. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Pet Grooming Services
    • Pet grooming services are not in the new Public Health Order so you can continue to operate. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • County Flexibility for more Local Control
    • The County has been requesting more local control. We will see at the next Board of Supervisors meeting if there will be additional inquiries for local control. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Safe Reopening Plan for Essential Businesses
  • Traveling to California/Quarantine
    • State is strongly discouraging non-essential travel. There is currently no need for an individual to self-quarantine after travelling unless they have travelled internationally to a country designed “Level 2”. Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers may report to work if they have notified their employer about close COVID-19 contact, have no symptoms of COVID-19, and wear appropriate personal protective equipment as required by their job/position. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Non-Critical Medical Offices
    • There are no changes to Hospitals and Healthcare providers. If you were open before yesterday, you should be able to stay open. [Posted 7/15/2020]
  • Laboratory Workplace
    • If the laboratory is tied to an essential service, they can continue to operate. If they are not, they will be required to close. [Posted 7/15/2020]

Websites/Resources mentioned: 

07/14/20 Announced yesterday (7/13) during county press conference. The rollbacks that we were hoping would end at the end of July and an August 1st relax has now changed from 3 weeks (July 31), to “until further notice.”

Download and Print this flyer for your business.  Click on the Image to Download

07/07/2020 (evening) Received from County Supervisor’s Office The Following Email:

IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY:  Starting today, local small businesses and non-profits can seek financial assistance through the county’s new COVID-19 stimulus grant fund. $3.4m is available for East County businesses with 100 or fewer employees that have been in operation for at least a year that have been impacted by COVID-19. This is NOT exclusive to the unincorporated area. We are encouraging businesses within our cities to apply as well. To apply, have folks start here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/stimulusgrant/

With limited funding, we encourage individuals to have their applications in as soon as possible. Please share with your Chamber members!


07/06/2020 – Received this morning from the US Chamber of Commerce:

Chamber friends,

We hope that all of you had a great and restful July 4th break.  As you settle back in, we wanted to update you on a few developments from the past week related to the ongoing pandemic.

  • PPP Loan Application Extension – Last week, legislation was passed and signed into law extending the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans to August 8, 2020.  Unfortunately, this change only extended the deadline to apply for a loan, and it did not include an expansion of the program to include all 501(c) non-profits.  That change will likely have to be made in the more expansive Phase Four legislation we expect by the end of the month.  Nevertheless, roughly $125 billion in funding remains in the PPP.  Therefore, please encourage any of your members who need assistance and have not yet obtained a loan to speak with a bank ASAP.
  • Coalition Letter re: Uniform Protective Mask Guidance – In light of growing confusion around the varying guidance on the wearing of protective masks and face coverings, a coalition of national business groups, including the U.S. Chamber, sent a letter asking that the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the National Governors Association work together to develop national standards and guidance (e.g. metrics, triggers, thresholds).  This letter is not asking for a national mandate.  Rather, it is urging the creation of uniform guidance to be implemented and enforced at the local and state level.  Click here to read and download the letter.


Dear Food Facility, Bar, Brewpub, Brewery, Pub, and Winery Operators

To support the protection of public health and slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is reminding operators to take the following measures when you have been notified that an employee or customer has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  1. Notify DEH by calling: (858) 505-6814.
  2. Self-close and conduct a deep disinfection of the facility. Guidance is available in multiple languages on the Food Publication webpage.
  3. Determine if any staff was in close contact, within six feet for more than 15 minutes of the individual with COVID-19. If yes, then staff should self-quarantine for 14 days.
  4. Review the facility’s San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol with your staff and ensure that all precautions are being followed, such as wearing face coverings and employee wellness screenings/temperature checks prior to each shift.

Your attention to this important public health information is greatly appreciated. If you have questions regarding this information or your food operation, please contact DEH’s Epidemiology Liaison specialist at (858) 505-6814 or email at fhdepi@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division


What is required to be considered a “meal?”

The Department has issued a variety of regulatory relief measures that require the service of a meal. (See, Law and Policy Coronavirus 19 Notices of Relief, items 5 and 16; June 10, 2020, Industry Advisory; and various Frequently Asked Questions.) This Advisory provides guidance as to what servings of food licensees must prepare and offer to comply with this requirement  GET FULL DOCUMENT  – CLICK HERE


Department of Labor Launches Employee Tool for Assessing FFCRA Leave Eligibility

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The tool works by posing a series of questions that help employees assess whether the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to their employer. Once employees learn the provisions do apply, the tool then assists them in determining whether they qualify for FFCRA paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave.



San Diego region bars, wineries and breweries without a license to serve food will need to close to prevent community outbreaks of COVID-19 and the spread of the virus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Starting July 1, these establishments must close their doors until further notice.

For those businesses with a food license, they can only serve food to customers seated at a table and alcohol can only be consumed while those patrons are eating.

The County will not consider further reopenings of any businesses or activities, including the bars, breweries and wineries, earlier than Aug. 1 to further slow the spread of COVID-19.

The decision was made given the number of outbreaks being identified in the region and the increasing number of cases and hospitalizations reported recently.

Nearly 500 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the County June 28, the highest total since the pandemic began.

Cases are being identified in a variety of settings, but recent outbreaks have been linked to bars, restaurants and private residences.

A growing number of cases are being identified in young people, especially those between the ages of 20 and 29. At the end of April, 15% of all cases reported were in people in that age range. Now, that percentage has increased to 22%.

“It’s obvious that more young people are going out and not following the public health guidance. That’s why we’re seeing more community outbreaks,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “They are going to bars, restaurants and having house parties and not wearing a mask or maintaining physical distance.”

Another group showing increasing percentages are those 10 to 19 years old. That percentage has risen from 2.4% in late April to almost 6% currently.

“People are going out in larger numbers and interacting with people outside their household,” Wooten said. “While younger people have less severe symptoms from COVID-19, it’s important to note that they could be spreading the virus to others who are more vulnerable.”

For people in their 30s, the percentage of positive cases has remained steady, and in older demographics the percentage has been steadily decreasing.

“Older people are heeding the public health advice and staying away from crowded places to avoid getting the virus,” Wooten said.

Federal Updates

SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the PPP

On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions

EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions

Update from County Press Conference 6/18/2020

The County has set certain trigger thresholds of outbreaks of COVID-19 as it affect the ability to remain in Phase 3. The threshold limit of outbreaks is 7 within seven days and as of 6/17/2020 there were 8 outbreaks in the last seven days. An outbreak is defined as more than 3 people and the total number of outbreaks are not directly related to one another. The County announced the following actions:

1.  There will be a pause on any further relaxations of restrictions even if announced by the Governor as the County continues to closely monitor the trigger threshold. Businesses scheduled for opening tomorrow will still be able to open but there will be a halt to additional forward progress.

2.  The County will be stepping up targeted, specific public enforcement on establishments not adhering to the public order.

3.  The County is emphasizing the seriousness of adhering to the public order. Social gatherings without social distancing or masks are not allowed.Masks are required in public, in all stores, businesses, restaurants, wineries, bars and tasting rooms as well as salon and anywhere you come into contact with others.

4.  Those exempt from masks are children under the age of 2, those with an excused medical condition that would be aggravated by the wearing of a mask, those working outside and those exercising outside either alone or with immediate family. However, social distancing is still required.

Please visit www.coronavirus‐sd.com for more information.

State of California—Health and Human Services Agency California Department of Public Health 



Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19  and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.

Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking,
coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.  Read The Entire Document By Clicking Here

Traveler’s Sentiment Findings for week of June 15th via Destination Analytics Click Here

Key Findings to Know:

  • As a number of coronavirus outbreaks have recently emerged, expectations about the virus’ course in the United States have dampened
  • Still, nearly 70 percent of American travelers will take at least one leisure trip this year
  • The majority of American travelers feel they are informed about potential Coronavirus-related risks involved with traveling
  • American travelers generally give a thumbs up to the hotel and airline industries’ communication about measures they are taking to protect consumers
  • Some 4-in-10 American travelers remain lacking in confidence that they can travel safely in the current environment
  • A majority of Americans who will be traveling in 2020 say they will avoid crowded destinations
  • Many travelers are feeling drawn to destinations they are familiar with, rather than the siren of exploration

Poor “pandemic etiquette” behavior—and a perceived lack of official control over tempering that behavior—which is then outed in media, will indeed adversely affect the desirability of and aspiration for travel destinations

A Message to the Chamber from Jerry Sanders (SD Chamber)

San Diego County officials recently announced that personal-care businesses, which include nail salons, massage therapy, and body art studios, can reopen this Friday, June 19. New state guidance has been issued for businesses in this sector to follow and can be found on the County’s reopening webpage in the “coming soon” section.

Also reopening this week is the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Both parks will welcome guests beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. There will be reduced hours of operation and limited shopping, dining, and other experiences available. Visit zoo.sandiegozoo.org/reopen for reopening details and to plan your visit.

Small businesses have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 and their ability to stay mobile and connected will be key to remaining competitive in the new business climate. To help small businesses transition to a mobile-first work environment Qualcomm recently launched a Small Business Accelerator Program. The program will provide 25 small businesses with a tailored selection of products and services enabled by Qualcomm technologies up to $25,000. This includes PCs, mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, and mobile hotspots, along with technical / device integration and support. Applications are accepted through June 30.

Over the past few months, Chamber affiliate LEAD San Diego and partner JONES have been bringing experts together for discussions around leadership in the new normal of COVID-19 and most recently to help us process what’s happening surrounding police reform and racism in America. This week the conversation will be focused on San Diego. Nora VargasTony Young, and Steven Jones will help us understand San Diego’s history and where we need to focus our efforts locally. This program called “Change Starts with Us” will be Thursday, June 18 at 2 p.m. and is free for all to attend. Register here. Last week’s program and all previous programs in this series are available on LEAD’s YouTube channel.

Please see below for our upcoming virtual programs and for more resources and information on COVID-19 and business recovery, visit sdchamber.org/coronavirus.

Best regards,

Jerry Sanders 
President & CEO
San Diego Regional
Chamber of Commerce

Effective June 12, 2020, the County of San Diego Health Officer Order will be amended in accordance with the State of California’s guidance allowing the re-opening of Bars, Wineries and Breweries without food service, and family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades). All facilities that have food and beverage service must still follow the guidance in the San Diego Safe Onsite Food and Beverage Plan and complete the San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times and customers must wear face coverings when not seated for service. In addition, please note that employees and customers at family entertainment centers must also adhere to social distancing, wear face coverings, and centers must follow the State COVID-19 Guidance for Family Entertainment Centers.

The San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol provides guidance on operating in a modified manner with COVID-19 precautions. Prior to re-opening, please review the resources below, modify your operations to meet the COVID‐19 prevention measures and complete the San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol. A copy of your Operating Protocol does not need to be submitted to the County; just complete, sign, and post it in your facility. If you have already completed and posted an Operating Protocol, a new protocol does not need to be posted.

San Diego Safe Onsite Food and Beverage Plan – Review guidance for implementing key prevention measures for COVID‐19.
San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol – Fill this form out, print and post at a public entrance. Implement all mandatory measures.
San Diego Guidance for Food Facility Re‐Openings – Guidance checklist to help you with re‐opening.
San Diego Safe Dining Posters – Print and display these posters at all entrances to the facility.
Please visit our Food Publications webpage for other available languages
Frequently Asked Questions
State COVID-19 Guidance for Family Entertainment Centers
State COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants Bars and Wineries

The Department of Environmental Health will continue conducting food safety status verifications to ensure compliance with the California Retail Food Code and provide guidance and education on the Health Officer Orders.  If you have questions regarding the local protocols or how your facility will operate in a modified manner, please contact the duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or by email at fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For updated information about COVID‐19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus‐sd.com.


(Effective June 9, 2020)
Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code sections 101040, 120175, and 120175.5 (b) the Health Officer of the County of San Diego (Health Officer) ORDERS

June 9, 2020 Here is the latest as an FYI:

As businesses reopen, implement and then post the Safe Reopening Plan on the business entrance.

Link to Your Safe Reopening Plan

June 8, 2020, the following activities are allowed to open immediately with restrictions:

·     Day Camps

·     Campgrounds

·     RV Parks

·     Outdoor recreation (sport fishing and private charter boats)

Information on Safe Reopening Plan

These businesses can reopen this Friday, June 12th provided they have completed the County’s Safe Reopening Plan and follow the State guidance:

·     Gyms and fitness facilities

·     Community pools, including those in condominiums

·     Restaurants, Bars and Wineries

·     Hotels for tourism and individual travel

·     Card rooms, satellite wagering and racetracks

·     Family entertainment, including bowling alleys and arcades

·     Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums

Link to the County page on reopening with continual updates: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/health-order.html.

Businesses can also continue to email me or the COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov account for information.

June 5, 2020

Dear Members,

Good news to share, Gov. Gavin Newsom just released guidance that will allow San Diego to reopen leisure travel as soon as June 12. The exact date of reopening will be determined by the County of San Diego.

This week the County voted to support reopening of these sectors, and we will work closely with elected officials and staff to ensure a smooth reopening. Included sectors in the state’s guidance for reopening:

  • Hotels for leisure business
  • Bars and wineries
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums, including Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo
  • Outdoor activities including campgrounds, fishing and charter boats
  • Family entertainment venues such as arcades, miniature golf and bowling alleys

Specific industry-by-industry guidance is available on the state’s website.
A press release announcing the new guidelines is available here.

While this is an important step forward, there is still plenty more work to be done as theme parks, sports with live audiences, and meetings and events have yet to be cleared for reopening. The San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) will continue to work with our local elected officials, industry partners and Members on responsible reopening efforts for all facets of our local tourism economy.

As you know, the SDTA has a recovery marketing plan ready to deploy designed to support our local hotels and tourism businesses. We look forward to working with all of you to ensure that San Diego not only recovers but also comes back stronger and more resilient than ever before.

June 4, 2020
We have been informed that the 5 million dollar loan program for businesses affected by COVID in the unincorporated area is now live.
Businesses that filled out the initial interest form should have been made aware.  You may  start the process here: https://sandiegosbnlp.org/

PPP Loan Update from East County Economic Development

Dear Value SBDC Clients:

As you may have heard Congress has passed a bill to liberalize some of the forgiveness terms of the PPP program. While the bill still needs the President to sign the bill, I have summarized the key changes to the program below:

  • the period for which the PPP funds must be used has been extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks
  • the percentage of funds that can be used for rent and utilities has been increased from 25% to 40%, the remainder still must be used for payroll
  • businesses that received funds now must reach 90% of their pre-COVID19 FTE (full time employee) count by 12/31 instead of 06/30 as previously required
  • for new loans approved after this bill is signed, the terms move from 2 yrs to 5 yrs for those that choose to forgo forgiveness
  • there are many small business owners that chose to forego applying for PPP and instead found that unemployment (including the $600/week through the end of July) was a better option. With the new extensions, you may want to consider applying for PPP as funds are available and applications are now being accepted through 12/31 and may provide some relief after 08/01
  • Lastly, remember that if you received EIDL advances, those advances will reduce the amount of PPP loan forgiveness by the amount of the advance

I hope that so of these changes help relieve some of the stress you are carrying during these difficult times .

Stay healthy and safe!

Jeffrey Bernstein
Advisor,East County EDC


Robin attended this webinar on May 28th (docs just made available).  This webinar was full of cautionary information for how an employer must conduct business when reopening.  The instructors were both Employment Attorneys.  Here is the PowerPoint from the Webinar CLICK HERE

If you are interested in the recording of the Webinar – Email chamber@julianca.com to request a link.

Visitor Survey Results

We Sent Out and posted a link to a survey regarding reopening to our visitors. We have nearly 700 surveys completed.  We compiled this report when we had 557 surveys.  We will update the numbers ASAP. We wanted to make sure you got these results in hand for opening your business and business practices that visitors are looking for.

We removed most of the individual comments to keep the survey easier to read (it was 18 pages long). If you want the full, 18 page report, please email chamber@julianca.com 

Open Survey Results

May 25, 2020



SAN DIEGO (May 20, 2020) –Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, with funding by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), have partnered to prepare small business owners to navigate required for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SBDC and Supervisor Fletcher are unveiling a new website to provide free live and on-demand webinars to help small businesses prepare for reopening. The site also includes training, county resources, templates, and counseling. The address is www.SDIVSBDC.org/adaptSD.

“The SBDC is a vital partner for small businesses in San Diego,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “This new, complimentary online resource will assist business owners adapt to the new way of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Trainings are scheduled on broad topics, such as “Protecting Business Assets Online in our New Environment” and “Instagram Strategies After Covid-19”. Industry specific trainings, such as for in-home Child Care are available, with trainings on the retail sector, restaurants, and small farming forthcoming. New courses will continue to be added.

“Partnering with the County of San Diego and Supervisor Fletcher provides our SBDC team with the most current rules and regulations. This is critical to our work guiding small business owners as they move into the recovery phase of our Covid-19 environment,” said Marquise Jackson, Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network.

05/13/2020 – Resources come from many different places. While searching for tool kits, this handy list presented itself.

5/12 – Useful Documents have been added for Industry  Specific Guidelines – These come for the State of California – Please locate the links under the helpful documents section of this page.



Previous Updates and Information have been archived.  If you need any of the previously uploaded information prior to the dates above, please email chamber@julianca.com 

11/21/20 – Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

10-19-20 – Reminder – You can find all the current details (updated regularly) on Safe Reopening Plan for SD County – Here

Safe Reopening

The state created a new system to determine when and how activities can reopen. Details for each county are in its Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Recent changes for San Diego County are below.

To operate under the new guidance, businesses and organizations will need to update their Safe Reopening Plan.

Helpful Links

Helpful Documents

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